Lipsky leads Tour stars to #MMO

Sat 31 Jan 2015

Lipsky leads Tour stars to #MMO

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Kuala Lumpur, January 31: Reigning Order of Merit champion David Lipsky of the United States will spearhead the Asian Tour charge at the Maybank Malaysian Open next week.
Since 1999, Thongchai Jaidee, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Arjun Atwal, Anthony Kang, Vijay Singh and Charlie Wi have won the prestigious Maybank Malaysian Open, making it a happy hunting ground for the Asian Tour stars.
After a successful 2014 season, Lipsky will be among the heavyweights to contend for the US$3 million event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.
He will be joined by Anirban Lahiri of India, Prom Meesawat of Thailand, big-hitting Scott Hend of Australia and the bubbly Angelo Que of the Philippines, who have a combined total of 16 Asian Tour titles.
Former Asian Tour number ones Kiradech, Thaworn Wiratchant, who holds an unprecedented 18 Asian Tour victories, Jyoti Randhawa, Atwal and Juvic Pagunsan of the Philippines will also feature at the Maybank Malaysian Open which will be the curtain raiser for the 2015 Asian Tour’s season.
Lipsky enjoyed a spectacular season last year when he became the first Asian Tour member to win the Omega European Masters in Switzerland which was also sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.
Prom Meesawat of Thailand Prom Meesawat of Thailand
Following another three top-10 results, the Korean-American wrapped up the 2014 season in style as he finished atop the Order of Merit with earnings of US$713,901.
A return to the Maybank Malaysian Open will be the perfect venue to kick-start his reign as the Asian Tour number one as he finished tied third in the 2012 showpiece.
“Winning a co-sanctioned event in Switzerland and doing all this in one year is something which was unexpected because I did it so fast but now I know that if I play well, I can compete against the best,” said Lipsky.
“Last year was good and reflecting back on it, I couldn’t have been more proud of what I’ve achieved,” he added.
Prom, who finished third on the Order of Merit last year, hopes to produce another solid result at the Maybank Malaysian Open where he has claimed three top-20s in the last three editions.
“I enjoyed a good season last year and I’ve got a lot of confidence to play against world-class players. I just want to keep doing what I’ve been doing and try to get off to a good start to the season,” said Prom.
Lee Westwood of England will defend his title at the Maybank Malaysian Open. Victor Dubuisson of France, 2010 US Open Champion Graeme McDowell, Stephen Gallacher, Paul McGinley and Miguel Angel Jimenez are also in the elite field.
About Maybank
The Maybank Group is South East Asia’s fourth largest bank by assets. It has an international network of over 2,400 offices in 20 countries namely Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong SAR & People's Republic of China, Bahrain, Uzbekistan, Myanmar, Laos, Pakistan, India, Saudi Arabia, Great Britain and the United States of America.  The Group offers an extensive range of products and services, which includes consumer and corporate banking, investment banking, Islamic banking, stock broking, insurance and takaful and asset management. It has over 47,000 employees serving more than 22 million customers worldwide. (www.maybank.com)
About the Malaysian Golf Association
The Malaysian Golf Association (MGA) is the sole governing body of golf in Malaysia that was founded in 1929 by representatives of golf clubs to promote the sport while preserving its traditions and integrity. The non-government organization is run by passionate volunteers who have a love for the game of golf, with the help of a team of management staff. The association’s portfolios have increased over the years ranging from conducting 14 state amateur opens, national amateur open, national amateur close, Malaysian Open to processing handicaps through its National Handicap System to promoting grassroots programs and training of athletes to represent Malaysia in international events.
About the Asian Tour
As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include FENIX Golf (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), PRG (Official Accessories Supplier), Srixon (Official Ball), Titleist (Official Web Partner) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.
The European Tour
The European Tour is committed to celebrating the game of golf from the origins of the professional game, building a proud history of achievement, sportsmanship and integrity as well as showcasing our diverse global talent and rich landscapes. The European Tour's innovative approach enables us to embrace the world, combining championships of tradition with new tournaments in the cities and countries of the future. The European Tour International Schedule, which from 2009 has incorporated The Race to Dubai, is a thriving global brand which, in 2013, will feature a minimum of 45 tournaments spread across all five continents of the world; the European Challenge Tour focuses on the up and coming players of the future; while the European Senior Tour provides a new start for champions celebrating their 50th birthday. The European Tour’s corporate identity features the iconic silhouette image of six-time Open Champion Harry Vardon who gives his name to The Harry Vardon Trophy, presented to the player who is crowned European Tour Number One and winner of The Race to Dubai at the end of the season.
About Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club
Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (KLGCC) is a member of Sime Darby Property Bhd and a propriety Club wholly-owned and operated by KLGCC Berhad. The club has won numerous accolades from both local and foreign golfing fraternity, the latest being recognised as Number One and Two top golf courses in Malaysia for 2014 by US Golf Digest, voted the ‘Best Course in Malaysia’ for the second time in a row for its championship West Course at the 2013 Asian Golf Monthly Awards, the second runner up for the Best Championship Course in Asia Pacific and nominated as Top 10 Best in Asia Pacific for Best Clubhouse and Best Pro-Shop categories. At the same time, KLGCC was voted Best Golf Experience for the Best of Malaysia Awards 2013 Travel Awards by The Expatriate Lifestyle Magazine readers. Today, KLGCC is a landmark as the most luxurious golf resort development in Malaysia and KLGCC has in recent years hosted numerous international championships such as the Maybank Malaysian Open and the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.
About GlobalOne
GlobalOne (Emerald Evolution Holdings Sdn Bhd) is an executive lifestyle sports promoter and we create sports event ownerships. We specialise in providing the full spectrum in  sponsorship event management and have an excellent track record in planning and delivering on PGA European Tour golf events for Malaysia (Maybank Malaysian Open), Singapore (Singapore Masters) and Indonesia (Indonesia Open) since 1999. We have strong relations with sports governing bodies, the media and commercial sponsors and technical partners to deliver on the bottom line.  We assist all our clients to create super-strategic, high-return, best practice sponsorship to provide a strong, unified vision, across departments and stakeholders, of the broad range of marketing and business objectives that can be achieved through this sponsorship. We also form and maintain strong relationship with players’ managers to source the best players. GlobalOne currently stages a highly successful and prestigious tournament in Asia – the Maybank Malaysian Open, which is co-sanctioned by the European Tour and the Asian Tour providing the event with Official World Ranking status. Our long term partners include Emirates (Official Airline), Carlsberg (Official Beer & Stout), Ricoh (Official Office Equipment), Astro (Official Satellite TV), Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia (Official Car), DoubleTree (Official Hotel), 100Plus (Official Isotonic Beverage), Crestlink (Official Apparel), Transview Golf (Official Golf Accessories & Equipment), Mal-Tel (Official Radio & Communications), Spritzer (Official Water), Singleton (Official Whisky), Srixon (Official Range Balls), Havana (Official Cigars).